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Coronavirus: All schools in Rutland, Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings to close

All schools across Rutland, Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings are to close in the battle against coronavirus.

They will close from Friday (March 20) until further notice, except to those children whose parents are key workers like NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work.

Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education told MPs: "Looking after these children will allow schools to serve the country during these difficult times."

Stamford Welland Academy in Green Lane, Stamford
Stamford Welland Academy in Green Lane, Stamford

Prime Minster Boris Johnson called on nurseries and private schools to do the same and offered financial support to make this possible.

He added: "By looking after the children of key workers they will be a vital part of the fightback against coronavirus."

He also confirmed exams would not take place in May and June but said the Government would ensure students would get the qualifications they deserved from their academic careers.

Mr Johnson called upon retired healthcare professionals to come back and help the NHS at this difficult time.

Some schools had earlier announced partial closures but from Friday, this new ruling will come in.

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